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Tamale supplies in Boston/Cambridge/Somerville area?

haven't seen fresh masa but purchased corn husks for my tamale party at Market Basket.

Dec 03, 2012
linz in Greater Boston Area

Where to eat around the Wang Theatre Fri night??

If you decide not to do Italian, Montien for Thai on Stuart @ Tremont. The food is good, the service is fast and they do some nice drink specials.

Oct 22, 2009
linz in Greater Boston Area

Suggestions for not-too-expensive restaurants to take a date to? Preferably in Cambridge/Somerville.

I like House of Tibet and Amelia's as you approach Teele in Somerville. Amelia's is standard Italian, the food is good (some better than others) but the atmosphere is welcoming and should be quiet. House of Tibet has a nice intimate feel. Namaskar also for Indian (in Davis), second the recs for West Side Lounge and Highland Kitchen.

I wouldn't recommend Tory Row, Cambridge 1 or Miracle of Science simple cause they're usually way too crowded to talk.

Oct 22, 2009
linz in Greater Boston Area

Bacon Toffee!

I was over it two years ago and dismayed to see it come back (again). I'm sure the Recchiuti toffee is well done though, fwiw!

Aug 19, 2009
linz in General Topics

Artisanal Chocolates and Confections within SF?

Neither of these confectioners' has stores that you can visit but a stop by Rainbow Grocery and/or the BiRite Market can hook you up with two of the BA's best confections: Poco Dolce chocolate tiles and Sweet Revolution organic maple-honey caramels.

Jul 27, 2009
linz in San Francisco Bay Area

Italian in Cow Hollow?

A16 or Terzo recommended.

Jul 23, 2009
linz in San Francisco Bay Area

Humphry Slocombe vs. Bi-Rite Creamery... Help me decide

"Humphrey Slocumbe is more hit and miss.. much less consistent than Bi-Rite, and this won't win the texture wars, unless you're a sorbet lover. But I love going back, just to see what's new..."

Good to know I'm not the only one who is not in love with HS. I do agree that their flavors are interesting...but last time I went every single flavor was ridiculoulsly salted. salty vanilla, salty rosemary, salty olive oil...etc. Everything except the Jesus juice.

Jul 23, 2009
linz in San Francisco Bay Area

Best working chef in boston.

Maura Kilpatrick is the original Oleana pastry chef. She still works @ Oleana one day a week but has moved over to Sofra pretty much full time - you can catch Ana at Sofra too, I think on Mondays. The "other baker" you people refer to is ex - Upstairs on the Square PC Kate Henry.

Jul 10, 2009
linz in Greater Boston Area

Hayes Valley's Macaron Alley

the macarons from paulette's aren't flown up daily. when i talked to the worker there she said they get batches every couple of days. both paulette and miette store macarons in the refrigerator or freezer before setting them out for service so they should, on average, be equally fresh....or stale...

Jul 09, 2009
linz in Features

Looking for bakery bargains

thanks! keep the recs coming ;)

Jul 08, 2009
linz in San Francisco Bay Area

Sausalito Bakery & Cafe - way better then it needs to be

I had a slammin egg-cheese-croissant sandwich that was tasty, filling, decadent and a steal for the price. All the savory sandwiches and salads looked super good too. Also tried some blueberry-topped bread pudding that had a wonderful consistency-custardy and rich without being soggy, even if the cinnamon/warm spice flavoring didn't match the blueberry imho. agreed! i'd def. go back.

Jul 07, 2009
linz in San Francisco Bay Area

Looking for bakery bargains

I'm looking for bakery bargains in san francisco...weekly deals, day-olds sold for cheap, or just plain something delicious that's sold for not too much money. While taste IS important I'm also interested in scope -ie, do certain neighborhoods have more bargains, do few have bargains, etc? Recession specials, if you will.

So far I've got on my list:
1. Philz coffee sells day-old pastries for super cheap
2. That Takes The Cake sells reduced price day-old cupcakes
3. Maggie Mudd -Wednesday sales

I know From Hollow in the Ferry Building used to offer pastry deals late in the afternoon after they'd stopped baking for the day but I know they've had some turnover and aren't sure if they still do that.

Jul 07, 2009
linz in San Francisco Bay Area

Visiting SF for the first time from East Coast

you guys would do better trying scream for sorbet and maggie mudd for coconut milk ice cream, as far as vegan desserts go. also ritual roasters has some (gross looking) vegan pastries if you really wanna try.

Jul 06, 2009
linz in San Francisco Bay Area

What to buy at Miette?

their cakes are baked, then frozen until needed, then thawed out and decorated. some cakes fare well/are unaffected by time spent in the freezer. some (ahem) are not.

i will say, i enjoy their graham crackers, but be careful when picking out a box to find ones that are not too dark and not broken!

Feb 28, 2008
linz in San Francisco Bay Area

Leaf or Sheet Gelatin

sur la table or any specialty kitchen store also a good bet.

Dec 19, 2007
linz in San Francisco Bay Area

Nieves Cinco de Mayo (artisan ice cream) update [Oakland and San Francisco]

if he doesn't use cream OR eggs what is he using, just milk??

Dec 15, 2007
linz in San Francisco Bay Area

help, my mother's coming...

my mother would be too weirded out by the offal-ness of incanto...i'll check out la ciccia tho.

Dec 12, 2007
linz in San Francisco Bay Area

help, my mother's coming...

...and she wants Italian food.

I'm a cook, and I want something that's going to be good food, good desserts. Fun for me and for her. And on the night we can go (ie, my one night off during her visit) Perbacco only has super early reservations. So...go early, because it's worth it? Any other good recs? I've recently been to SPQR and I took her to A16 and Delfina on a prior visit. I was thinking of Il Cantuccio in the Mission but could switch to another choice...

thanks

Dec 12, 2007
linz in San Francisco Bay Area

Persimmon pudding, salad, cookies … BORING

I thought you used ripe hachiyas for dried persimmon. I'll double check the chez panisse fruit book when I get home, maybe I'm mistaken...
I would like to make a batch of dried persimmons...

Dec 01, 2007
linz in Home Cooking

tips for working with sheet/leaf gelatin

I seem to be gelatin-challenged and need to learn about the substance for work. I understand in theory how to bloom gelatin and work with it, but don't really feel comfortable working with it. I've run into problems working with it where the base is too cold and the gelatin chunks up rather than nicely dissolving. I don't eat a lot of meat and so tend not to eat other people's gelatin desserts (mousses, panna cottas, etc...not just jello) nor create them myself. What experiences have you had when working with sheet gelatin and do you have any tips to pass along? After a whole afternoon in the library and a dose of Harold McGee I'm still not gelatin savvy...

Nov 30, 2007
linz in Home Cooking

Krispy Kreme type creme filled donut?

Yes, the bomboloni are quite wonderful....

Nov 27, 2007
linz in San Francisco Bay Area

Persimmon drinks, dishes, desserts?

Ici occasionally has persimmon ice cream which is very good. Why do you want to roast fuyus?

Nov 27, 2007
linz in San Francisco Bay Area

What Should I get at SPQR?

For small plates I adored the brussels sprouts and thought the escarole was ok. (I don't eat meat either). I had a pasta with broccoli and found it to be bland and oversalted. Found the desserts (budino with quince, pistachios, caramel candy and the chocolate panini) to be less than wonderful.

Nov 27, 2007
linz in San Francisco Bay Area

Pastry Chef Sister Visiting- Want to impress

What does your sister want to do with her career? Bakeries, restaurant work, morning pastries, breads? Depending on her area if interest I'd have totally different recs for you...

Nov 08, 2007
linz in San Francisco Bay Area

Report- Metro Kathmandu on Divis

I've had the chicken momoss, paratha and the chicken saag from there. Paratha and momos good (if a bit skimpy on the sauce), but when I had the chicken saag it was all spinach and maybe two tiny, tiny pieces of chicken.

Nov 04, 2007
linz in San Francisco Bay Area

Where in SF can I find Blenheim's ginger ale?

thanks! I'll look for it...but I guess the trick is to keep going back.

Oct 22, 2007
linz in San Francisco Bay Area

Where in SF can I find Blenheim's ginger ale?

Thanks!

Oct 21, 2007
linz in San Francisco Bay Area

need suggestions for coloring pastry dough

Where'd you get your recipe for apple cider donuts? I LOVE those.

Oct 15, 2007
linz in Home Cooking

Baking Chocolate Taste Test

What percentage Scharffen Berger were you using? If you were using 70% I have a hard time believing you could not tell the difference. I've baked many products only with that chocolate (at work it's all I have) and the taste is overwhelming, definitely not subtle. I've made recipes with all 70% SB and then made them again with half 70% SB and have a semisweet (51% e. guittard) and had the same item taste entirely different. I've used the 51% e. guittard exclusively and can detect its waxy texture.

Bakers chocolate it is ok, but you are paying more for SB (or valrhona, etc.) presumably b/c you like a richer taste. for cocoa powder, you can definitely tell so it's best to get high quality.

Oct 15, 2007
linz in Home Cooking

Passion Fruit

I am pretty sure I saw some at Rainbow last week...

Oct 15, 2007
linz in San Francisco Bay Area